Jim’s WebLetter for 10/14/16

Hi-ya Web Connected people!
When’s the last time you accessed a cloud service?  Well actually, that’s a trick question.  You see cloud services are becoming the source to store everything from movies, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, to music on Spotify and Pandora, Google Music and Apple to documents on Google Drive and Box.  Companies like Microsoft are connecting you through their system using Office 365 for email and, like Google offer a number of other services.    By definition, a cloud service is any resource that is provided over the Internet. The most common cloud service resources are “Software as a Service” (SaaS), “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) and “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). 

Small businesses and non-profits like churches are discovering the use of cloud services rather than maintaining a computer server on-premises.  After all, to have a server means you need someone designated to program and maintain it.   Most of all, know that every hard drive will eventually crash which can cause loss of documents, photos and reports.  Using a cloud service saves time and ensures safe and secure backup of your content.  

Adrian Bridgewater, writing for Forbes Magazine gave his experience with a story about riding the London Overland train that had a good WiFi connection, which he needed to connect to his cloud in order to type his article. http://www.forbes.com/sites/adrianbridgwater/2016/10/14/how-long-until-we-live-in-an-all-cloud-world/#7d31d179719f

Cloud access can price anywhere from free for a limited time or server space, to hundreds of dollars a month depending on the company you use and the type of storage you require. As an example, anyone who signs up for a free Google Gmail email account also has available Google Drive and Google Photos.  Where Drive can be used to store documents and images, Photos only stores images and video.   On the other hand, companies like Carbonite and SugarSync provide storage for a monthly fee depending on the amount of storage you require.

All these Cloud providers require one thing – internet access.  Without WiFi, cable or cellular connection, you don’t have access to your material.  That’s the one drawback to having a Cloud in the first place.  Computers are only as good as their access point and if you lose that connection, you lose access.  Herein is why these tech companies are working to provide Internet access around the world, in all forms to all people because they realize you must be able to get the material you store and the material they offer.  

So, nothing on TV to watch tonight?  I’ll probably pull up my Amazon Prime movies account through my Roku and see what’s worth viewing.  Popcorn anyone?

To learn more about Cloud computing, visit Wikipedia at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing#/search

Cloud News Daily offers a list and review of 20 of the best Cloud providers of 2016.  http://cloudnewsdaily.com/cloud-storage/


Own a tablet or thinking of buying one?  Read iTab Magazine. http://iTab.jimonline.com


Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter

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